Right Side of the Brain: Sounding familiar? Starting to sound familiar? Like those "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" (DRSB) techniques Dr. Betty Edwards has been teaching for almost 30 years? Well that's because that's where we start. (I'm a certified DRSB Instructor - see my diploma:
There's other approaches to learning to draw but the DRSB basics snap you into the artist's frame of mind faster than any other method I've ever seen. Dr. Edwards has gleaned the 5 basic skills of seeing as an artist. Her discoveries are documented and proven. And as a certified DRSB instructor trained in these methods you'll learn what I know: you'll learn these skills so you can jump-start all your drawing. Your drawing will take a quantum leap. There is in my opinion, no better and no faster way to learn. And we've rewritten these lessons our own way, for beginning or advanced artists and most specifically for up and coming caricaturists.
The Sweet Nectar of "Now"
The DRSB lessons can help you sidestep the frustration and get you to the sweet nectar of really being able to draw what you see. Learning to SEE is the core and learning to see like you saw things as a child reopens your world. I know you've heard that before, but it's true. It instills you with a new sense of wonder and discovery. When you learn to make that step, when you relearn how to see/hear/feel what's occurring right now then you've learned the crux - regardless of the medium - of what all artists do. And it's now within your grasp.
If I could summarize Part I
(Lessons 1 - 8) of the
Getting back to your original goal - drawing faces and caricatures! Our goal as you recall, is to get you drawing faces and caricatures, right? Not to worry, we'll get there. The next step is very important :-) Stay with me just a little longer...
[General Tommy Franks / Bill Maher]
...After walking you through the basics, things start getting even more interesting - because we now start venturing into specifics that have direct bearing on your caricature or (portrait artist) career...
"Part II Of The
Believe It And You'll See it"
Applying what you've just learned by diving into
the features of the face and the fascinating
shapes of the human head (Lessons 9-14)
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Once you've got a good feel for those
it's time to apply them: Boot Camp time!
By the time you've gotten here, you'll
have a firm feel for the foundation lessons. Now it's time to
rehearse them. Why? Because we want to
ensure you learn the foundation lessons so intimately you can
fearlessly launch yourself into drawing any subject and draw it
confidently. And that takes repetition and fluidity of employing
those basic skills
And further it's my belief and my experience that to become a crack caricature or portrait artist you need a solid understanding of both the facial features and shapes of the head. And that's what this second section is all about: learning all about the features of the face and shapes of the head. And you'll learn them in detail by applying all the skills you've learned in Part I.
A depth of detail that you'll finally recognize
in every person you see and draw
And you'll be building depth in another direction too. You'll be building depth In your perception of detail. You'll internalize the salient points about each feature shared by all people. Why? So when you look at someone - anyone - you'll know what to look for, where to zoom in, where to exploit. Since you know and believe it's there you'll see it.
Let me repeat that: since you'll now know what to look for, you'll see all these things in other people. Because now you'll know these fine details, these what I'll call subtle "sub features", are really there. And when you know to look for them, you will see them. And be able to draw them.
You'll start simple and dig deeper into more and more subtle and intricate, relevant and drawable anatomy until you build an onboard library in your brain you can instantly access whenever you size up your drawing subjects . You'll know exactly what to look for. And you'll use four more Flash Lessons - each focusing on one main feature of the face. Each with highly detailed pictures, diagrams, and lots of directed exercises so you'll come away from these sections without a doubt knowing what it is you're looking for and how to call up those foundation lessons you've been building upon. After this it's time to springboard from what you've been learning...
Want to learn more? Let's get specific. Click on the button below for a preview: learning to draw the features of the face and the shapes of the head one lesson at a time:
Progress in as little as 15 minutes a
to four days a week: Pre-made exercises And I'll work you! We've set up all sorts of exercises for you too. Exercises you can print out. And lot's of them too. That's the only way you'll unearth your gift: through repetition and practice. Michael Jordan wasn't born ready to play for the Chicago Bulls. He had to work at it too. But we try not to get too heavy. In fact, it's my firm belief you'll make real progress in fifteen minutes, three to five days a week. Of course, the more time you can put in, the better you'll get at it. And the faster you'll get where you want to go. We try to approach drawing in a fun, low pressure way - Why do you think we love to draw caricatures? Because It's fun!
Thank you for taking the time to read through to here. Because now it's time to go crazy: time to draw Caricatures
"Part III Of The e-Sourcebook:
The In-Depth Caricature Case Studies
The core of the lessons and time to get crazy :-)"
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Tying-it-all-together time. You've been working hard to get here, but now you've arrived. You've got a great feel for jumping into your right brain, you know what to look for in every human face. Congratulations. Now it's time to go happily bonkers. A book in and of itself. You'll tie it all together in the last and final chapter of the lessons - Part III - Lesson 15, a book in and of itself. Everything you've learned about ears and noses, shapes of the head, all you've learned about vase-face drawing, shadows, negative space, proportion, and how to use "Mr. Average Face", to name a few - here's where you'll tighten up, shape up and polish your drawing and caricature acumen. ( To Order Now, Click Here )
You'll learn a four point system You'll learn how to answer these questions: "How do you distribute the facial features?, how do you know what to look for in any face? What to exaggerate? And that very popular question: "Where the heck do you start?" Those kinds of questions you'll have answered. You'll need practice setting down the eyes, placing them just the right distance apart - or exaggerated like mad. And answering questions like "how does the nasal philtrum blend with the apron of the upper lip?" And "where does Cupid's bow fit?" You need a system to approach the actual drawing of the caricatures. And this is where you'll get that. In Lesson 15 / Part III you'll lasso it all together.
Lesson 15 is
a book within a book, where you'll learn the 4
approach to caricatures - time to really dive in
Printing out at
over 200 pages, filled with links, references and the 4-point system
to drawing portraits or caricatures, this is a book within a
book. You'll find Four Flash lessons in this section alone set
up to really spur your creative juices. They're a dressed rehearsal
to review what you know and teach you to start stretching yourself -
to start caricaturing.
Fire up your imagination
You'll get immersed, absorbed in a bath of information, instruction and rehearsal so you can duplicate for yourself exactly the steps you'll need to go through that result in hilarious caricatures. Caricatures that'll entertain you, your friends, your family, your local newspaper, your paying customers. Caricatures to illustrate and bring life to your own home-printed T-shirts, your website, your business, your office, on custom illustrated coffee mugs, glasses, mouse pads, your whole self-produced on-line merchandise store. Anywhere you can think of putting them - the sky's the limit: anywhere your imagination takes you.
So there's a System at work here - What's the system?
You'll learn to laser in on features and landmarks in every human face that supply cues to caricature even the hardest to caricature faces. You'll even find links to great photos of each subject out there on the Internet so you can make sure we're staying on track.
litmus test: caricaturing the caricature. In many cases we'll
even caricature the caricature. What's this do? It'll give you still
more ammunition and, it'll get you cued still further into seeing if
our little "theory" about caricaturing is right: does the drawing
pass the test? Does our caricature look like the person we started
off drawing? (back to
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In-Depth Case Studies
(Yep, still Part III / Lesson 15)
Thirty Six pages of exploration in the first case study. The first case study of Keith Richards spans 36 pages - 36 pages on nothing but how to approach drawing his face - which sets the stage for drawing any face. The second In-Depth study is over 50 pages when printed out - adding still another layer of things to look for, specific and general "approach to caricature" kinds of lessons. And this is all rehearsal for the third and final lesson...
You'll finish off Part III with over 122 pages of in-depth exploration in the third and final In-Depth study (122 pages not even counting the reference fly-out pages and anatomy explanations). You'll find links back to any pertinent sections of the book in case you need a refresher (or if you're just browsing). You'll be exposed to more subtle tricks, and to yet another level of detail to observe for.
You'll be"filled to the gills" with information that builds upon itself so you're trained to step out on your own confident that you have what it takes. You'll find yourself searching out, telescoping your new found powers of observation in search of your own "discoveries" - discoveries and knowledge that'll catapult the quality of your art work. And that's pretty darn exciting and satisfying - for me as a teacher and for you as a confident, creative caricature artist. ( To Order Now, Click Here )
I'll show you everything I know
Layer after layer of depth - and I'll use every source I know of to make these case studies make sense. I'll use simplified medical explanations, lessons I've gleaned from famous artists and caricaturists, you'll explore the in-depth anatomy if it's relevant, you'll even learn a thing or two I've learned from plastic surgeons (yes, plastic surgeons), all to keep these lessons interesting and to keep your brain stimulated. With the ammunition you'll learn combined with your desire and hard work, you'll accomplish all your drawing aspirations.
You'll have a ton of reference material at your fingertips. Let's review:
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Fifteen "Flash Interactive" lessons. Again these are jam-packed interactive multimedia references you can instantly stop, back-up, leap forward, no tape to be rewound or get tangled. You can get to the information you want and drive it home into your brain while you're studying it, while you're inspired.
|Click here for a Free Flash instruction sample and your first caricature lesson. It's about three and a third megabytes in size. (Let it be your first lesson in caricature). It was the first Flash lesson we produced - and we've gotten a lot more sophisticated since this one). One dozen Flash Lessons included. In fact we spent 7 months during 2003 refurbishing the Foundations of Drawing section of the book with six new Flash Lessons. These "Flash" exercises help you really burn the lesson home.|
Also included: an armament of instructional animations - based on the old "Banner" technology. Nearly all the lessons start with animations that summarize each lesson - a simple and brief overview. These will prime you for the whole lesson ahead so you'll have a clear, focused idea of the outcome you're shooting for in that lesson. Click on this next button for a mini-sample:
Combined with the Flash lessons, the animations, and the e-zines (see below) - you'll get a CAT-scan like understanding: you'll approach the lessons from all different angles, so you get that sweet "AHA! Now I get it!" level of understanding.
That's a one, two, three point-plus punch so you'll really learn this stuff, so you can leap into drawing way beyond any level you've ever drawn before. We want to get you drawing confidently, with supreme satisfaction, admired, envied by those around you, proud of the works you keep producing and the money you make.
Now that's just the main instruction section
e-Sourcebook - yep, there's more...
"But that's not all:
5 bonuses to
keep you rolling"
I know how it is getting a great big huge data dump: it can be overwhelming. Even though you can go straight through the book one lesson at a time, sometimes it's easier to absorb the lessons when you see the concepts in use, when you get familiarized with the vocabulary, when you recapture that same enthusiasm you felt when you first signed up. How do you do that? We do it with...
The number one comment subscribers have made over the last 5 years is this: the one thing that helps them learn to draw, the one main thing that keeps them excited about picking up their drawing pencils, the one thing that keeps them connected to their aspiration of becoming an artist are the e-zines (these are the Communiqué and the Monthly Caricature & Explanation). And the soothing thought that they can ask questions of, and access the author (me) directly by email if they get in a jam.
"The ongoing follow-up of the YouCanDraw.com System is like having Your very own "Cyber-Coach"
And as your personal Cyber-Coach, you'll be hearing from me one to two times a month. I won't be standing there with a whip and chain (well who knows, maybe I will be :-), but my job is to keep you going, keep you excited about drawing and doing your self-paced lessons. Every few weeks you'll get more of those little nudges urging you on. Why all the fuss? Here's a great anonymous quote :
All art starts as a discipline.
Like any art, learning to draw
caricatures, faces, or just learning to draw, well it's a discipline
- it takes practice. I won't gloss over that. You have to face
yourself every time you sit down in front of a blank sheet of paper.
That's why we include as part of the purchase price these
instruments of your success: Once or twice a month nudges for one year - to keep you excited and laughing about
drawing. Two alternating electronic
How many books or programs have you bought and then just let them sit there? The electronic magazines (e-zines) serve as entertaining reminders - little nudges - to keep you motivated and excited about drawing. This is the number one most often cited feature of the program that people really appreciate.
Little by little you'll find yourself acquiring the language and techniques of artists; you'll expand your artistic knowledge and that will raise your comfort level; you'll be exposed to other great artists, to other caricature and drawing sites. An aid to keep the flood gates of your imagination and inspiration flowing so you can realize confidently your artistic potential and experience first hand the fulfillment learning an art can bring.
Note: once you get your foot in the door, you won't need discipline. Your progress and the sheer satisfaction of drawing and creating will bring you back to the drawing table time and time again. Click on this next button to learn more about the e-magazines:
So you won't miss out on anything - included in your purchase price. Since this is an ongoing, ever-growing program, with new tips and tricks, new Flash Lessons, caricatures, and information being added all the time, the on-line site is the home for finding any e-zines you missed, erased, or want to find again - so you'll get everything out of this program you paid for. (Note: If you're with Hotmail, AOL, or any large subscriber e-mail service, e-zines can get blocked - if that happens, this is where you can find them.)
All those "nudges" we talked about above, well they're the foundation for a book in itself, Over 170 issues from the last 10 years - well over 350 (and counting) pages of information if you printed them all out (that's 350 pages in addition to the 800+ in the 3-part main volume). Those same every-other-week nudges covering the gamut of drawing and caricaturing. Topics spanning from:
As an added bonus all caricatures you receive by email and all caricatures stored in the on-line "Insider's Art Gallery" and and "e-Magazine Archives" are for you to use Royalty-free. They're there as a learning aid.
The Insider's Art Gallery is a reference filled with examples of caricatures - crosshatched, pencil, ink, and dozens in very high detail so you can see how these were made. You can see the pencil outline, the layer on top of layer of crosshatching. You can see how piece by piece, section by section, feature by feature, these were drawn. So what "seems" overly complex, you'll now see as duplicable and masterable - and maybe they'll even inspire you to realize your own awesome idling potential.
And while you're getting your own portrait and caricature drawing skill up to speed, you can use the drawings any way you like - in your small business advertisements, your newsletters, your personal cards and letters. I don't care! (All I ask is you follow the simple, very generous, no-cost rules outlined in the Insider's Art Gallery.)
So big - how do you get around?
Yep there's a lot of info there - well over 1100 pages - (the 800+ page main volume, the 350+ page Archives - and that's not even counting the literally thousands of info-packed multimedia frames within the dozen - and counting - Flash Lessons) No wasting your precious time.
All sections are fully interlinked to all the other sections of the book. Every page has a left column list of links that'll get you going to general "master link" pages instantly so you're never more than one or two clicks from the section you want to get going to. You'll find links embedded within the text - right at your fingertips to access any section. No need to spend your precious time paging through an entire monster book to find some obscure point.
Search function. If you're looking up a really obscure
point, you can search the word or topic you're looking for in the
built-in search engine and instantly find all pages and
sections related to your topic of interest.
Maximize your learning and study sessions - open multiple copies at the same time - Want to review what's cooking in a Flash lesson on the picture plane while you review "Sighting and Proportion" and work your way through "Noses"? No problem: open one book to "Noses", open another to "Proportion" and tie it all together by opening the "Flash Picture Plane" lesson. Have your questions answered once and for all - burned into your brain.
How many copies can you open? You can open as many copies as your computer's memory will allow - open 2,3,4 copies of the book to different sections so you can immerse yourself, barrage yourself with the concept at hand, get your questions answered - this is "CAT-Scan" like immersion - you can see the topic at hand from every possible angle. ( To Order Now, Click Here ) (back to top)
Let's review everything: 125+ megabytes of information:
added bonus #5:
One free 20 minute coaching
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Let's get you juiced - how to use your call
Want some marketing tips? Learn how to sell your
uniqueness as an artist? If
you have a really pressing question and you can't find the
answer in the archives, and email just isn't direct enough, or
you find yourself at a road block in the lessons and need a
little direction, or you think you're ready to jump into
e-commerce as a caricaturist, or just want to start your
own special-event caricature entertainment business, you could
use your call for that.
Or if your questions center around how to get rolling, how to really nail down proportion, or how to write your or discover your "unique selling proposition" as an admired, in-demand, moneymaking caricaturist, that's what this call is for. You're allowed one prepaid 30 minute consultation during your year of membership. (Included when you buy the CD- ROM version)
Like your Monopoly "Get out of Jail Free" card
But you'll want to save this for that one really nasty, nagging drawing question, business question or challenging situation to get you re-inspired, rejuvenated, to get you rockin' again on the drawing paper, confidently cruising towards your fully tapped potential - that's what this is for. And if I can't answer your questions we'll figure out who can.
(Just to clarify, the consultation - my time - is prepaid, but the call is not toll free - i.e. it's not an 800 call, the actual phone charges go on your bill. That's fair I think - don't you? (Included when you buy the CD- ROM version)
Limited time - To do you justice and to reward your signing up early, we can offer the coaching call to a limited number of people. So don't wait too long - it will be discontinued shortly :-)
So again, here's the whole deal:
We'll spoon feed you from start to finish everything you need to know about the foundations of drawing, about drawing the face and the head - skills you can extend to drawing absolutely anything you want. Written by a certified "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" instructor.
(Apology to Macintosh users, if you're on a Mac you can still access the online lessons / e-Sourcebook and receive all issues of the electronic magazine and caricatures. Everything in the offer is the same - however the downloadable version and the CD-ROM version will not work on the Macintosh - it's formatted for Windows only right now. Sorry about that. We're working on an Acrobat version that'll work on all platforms.)
When we originally conceived of this program, we wanted to eventually charge $69 for it. People told us that would be a pretty good deal. We've just completed an interest survey and we've discovered that a large percentage of people (over 25%) were very willing to pay $45 or more American for the entire program - (and people have paid this - before 9/11 that's what we were charging). Two percent of those who responded thought it was worth $180 or more. Very flattering. Over 50% of respondents said they'd pay up to 45 dollars. (But technology is going crazy out there [YouTube, myspace, etc.] and we're adjusting to the times.
to see you learn to draw and I want to see you develop your
inborn talents - the world's just plain a better place when you're
doing that. But I also think if you're sincerely satisfied with what
you receive from us you'll buy from us again in the future. And
that's an extra I get out of this: your returning business.
"PS you probably already know the value of your lessons but I and my family and friends are amazed and I am hoping that some of them will subscribe to the program. Some of them think that I am stretching the truth about how long I have been drawing with no formal lessons. There is no way to thank you"
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you everything you've read about above, the
"Dear Jeff, I wanted to let you know that I think your You Can Draw program is a real gift! I started it about a week ago and I'm making incredible progress. I had already enrolled in 2 other very good on-line sites with highly accomplished artists and learned quite a bit from them......
But your step-by-step guidance and L & R methods, [left and right brain methods] and the rapid progress that I made would NEVER have happened without your program. This program should be 'mandatory' in schools that teach ART! Thanks for the gift! I don't have to look any further for Art on Line! ...
...Your program is something that should be made possible to as many people as possible! (P.S. the Price is ridiculously low! just my 2 cents worth!) Thanks again for everything. Joe"
*Apology to Macintosh users, if you're on a Mac you can still access the online lessons / e-Sourcebook and receive all issues of the electronic magazine and caricatures. Everything in the offer is the same - however the downloadable version and the CD-ROM version will not work on the Macintosh - it's formatted for Windows only right now. Sorry about that. We're working on an Acrobat version that'll work on all platforms.
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So folks, yes a lot has happened since we started this drawing program some 14 years ago with no idea of what the heck the Internet was about. I have to just say it again: everything you read about in the description above, all the past e-zines, the Flash Lessons, the 800 pages of illustrated text, it's all there for in one big data dump. So for $19.95, I think it's still a pretty good deal. :-)
(*Again, apology to Macintosh users, if you're on a Mac you can still access the online lessons / e-Sourcebook and receive all issues of the electronic magazines and caricatures. Everything in the offer is the same - however neither the downloadable version nor the CD-ROM version will work on the Macintosh - it's formatted for Windows only right now. Sorry about that. We're working on an Acrobat version that'll work on all platforms.)
Do we have all the answers? Probably not, but we have a lot of them. And I guarantee you that if you do the lessons, follow each step, and practice faithfully (as little as 15 minutes a day 3 days a week to start will bring you results), if you do that, I guarantee you'll learn how to draw. I believe that so whole-heatedly I guarantee your purchase for one whole year. That's right, one year from the day you sign up, if you're unhappy for any reason return the CD-ROM and I'll reimburse you the entire purchase amount. No questions asked, no hard feelings.
Caricaturists can make 40, 50, 60 dollars to start and it's not unusual to see seasoned caricaturists make $1500 dollars a day and more. Opinion / Editorial page (Op-Ed) cartoonists enjoy the power of shaping public opinion - plus on top of that get paid very nicely. Illustrators who specialize in faces and caricatures can ask exorbitant rates. But like I said above, drawing by itself, with no other intention than to draw is very satisfying. Even therapeutic.
How can I be so sure you already have what it takes?
You Have a Gift - That's Why You're Here
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And that gift is your desire to draw, your desire to learn how to draw faces and caricatures - even if you've never drawn before. And your desire to draw might be calling you to get so good, so polished you'll make art with a capital "A" like Picasso, or Rembrandt. Or it fires you up to create the caricature masterpieces you see in magazines and in major newspaper editorial pages.
Or maybe you're inspired to be one of those zany self-employed maverick party caricaturist you see making some very real money drawing caricatures and portraits at parties, art fairs, and conventions (on the order of $1500 dollars a day and more for seasoned caricaturists). Or maybe you just want to learn enough to spruce up your homemade holiday cards and enjoy the pleasure plain old drawing can bring you. It doesn't matter what your final goal might be. You're here and something in you - like your slumbering gift - brought you here.
There's no big secret - anybody
can learn to draw
Yes, outrageous statement. But true. My sister Carol says: "You have got to be kidding, because I can't even make a stick-person look real!" And many people say "well my handwriting is terrible, how can I expect to do any better drawing?" That said you may be asking "and how can I ever expect to draw caricatures?"
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Learning to draw is about learning to retrain your brain. It's about learning to use what have been called "right-brain" skills, not by accident but at will, by your design and fully in your control.
To learn to draw, you need to get out of your mind - out of your left brain to be exact. Here's good news: you use these skills everyday and don't even know it. In fact you're already an expert at this...
Whether you're aware of it or not - you're an old pro at getting into your right-brain hemisphere. Some simple examples?
Walking is a right hemisphere evoking function - just like shooting baskets or balancing on a tightrope are. Parallel parking your car is another example.
And it turns out drawing and recognizing faces are two of the few activities that are purely "Right-Brained". What better way to develop the right half of your brain than by drawing faces and caricatures - by using two of it's foremost and native skills?
Drawing can be broken down into five skills, and none have to do with your ability to make marks on the paper - all have to do do with your ability to see the world. And this is the best news of all - because anybody can get good at these five skills! What are these five skills? Click on button to see more:
As I mentioned above there's an intense 5-day drawing program offered regularly where people with only the desire and little more than stick-figure drawing ability learn to draw amazing recognizable portraits - in 5 days. You read that right: from stick figures to portraits in 5 days. Here's the catch: this program costs over one thousand dollars not counting hotel, transportation, and meals.
It requires you to sit in a classroom and draw eight to ten hours a day. But this class proves it over and over again: drawing is a rapidly learnable skill. (You can e-mail us about that program if you want to find out more.)
You don't have to pay $1000.00, or $500.00 or even $100.00. But you'll still learn the same foundation skills people have paid as much as a thousand dollars to learn.
Caricature Drawing System
Quick Review - here's what you've learned:
1) An interest or a
long-standing desire very often means there's a God-given gift
hid right behind it, dying to be appreciated;
What we do is show you from start to finish the tricks and techniques artists use to get their minds in the drawing mode: into the "Artist's Mind". We show you piece by little piece in a jam packed 800+ page electronic book, with weekly e-zines, a cache of royalty-free caricatures, and your own "Cyber-Coach" (a certified "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" instructor and published caricaturist), how to draw faces and caricatures from scratch - even if you've never drawn before.
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